As technology makes its way into our homes more than ever, homeowners are realising the importance and power of integrating lighting control into their space. At Real IT we love lighting control because we understand that lighting is a fundamental part of the luxury, convenience, comfort, efficiency and safety of every home.
The right provider and equipment can help to greatly enhance your home for everyday use no matter your unique needs or ideal environment. When integrated with a smart home system the possibilities for increasing convenience, efficiency and fun with your lighting are massive.
1 Enjoy automatic pathway and orientation lighting:
Well-placed orientation and pathway lighting in hallways, bathrooms and staircases increase safety inside your home and can help you get a better night sleep. Now you can activate the lights through movement sensors in the ceiling so there is no need to stumble in the dark for a switch, or have your sleepy eyes blinded by bright lights in the middle of the night. In addition, softer light in evening time aids in our natural sleep cycles, helping you to have better rest once the sun goes down.
2. Get functional with task lighting:
Automated focused light can be used to illuminate your work spaces and make the completion of visual tasks easier. For example, in open plan kitchen dining areas, task lighting can ensure your kitchen work surfaces are well illuminated without compromising the soft ambient lighting being enjoyed by your dinner guests.
3. Increase your energy efficiency:
Lighting contributes significantly to our overall energy usage and our power bill. Smart lighting can increase the energy efficiency and sustainability of your home with simple strategies, such as automated lights which turn off and on at certain times, motion detector lights, dimmers which operate lights at a lower capacity, and even systems that draw from other energy sources such as solar panels during peak times. This can help you save money on your utility bills and contribute towards a more sustainable future.
4. Add incredible convenience to everyday:
Lighting control helps to save time and manage your household better by enabling you to turn multiple lights on and off with one button on your smart home keypad, touch panel or mobile device. This is especially useful for homes that are larger and have many lights inside and outside. One system that succeeds in ease of use is the Crestron lighting system, which allows users to control lights from anywhere they are in the home, turning them off and on or adjusting brightness with their touch screen or remote of choice.
5. Get better at highlighting your home’s best features:
With lighting control there is no need to remind yourself every night to turn on the accent lighting specifically installed to highlight your special decor, artwork or architecture. Your smart home system can be programmed to do this for you, always coming on at the correct brightness based on the lighting levels in the room and the information you have input prior. When successful, this feature helps to create an easy, elegant atmosphere for you and anyone else enjoying your home.
6. Deter unwanted guests:
Security is a key feature of a smart home, and lighting plays a role in this. With smart lighting, you are able to make it appear that you are home when you are off on vacation or away for the night. Lights can be set to switch on and off in a random pattern to make your house look occupied and discourage intruders. Crestron lighting, as an example, can do this both indoors or outdoors at predetermined intervals. In addition, with this system you can install motion detector landscape lights at the entrance way of your home to deter potential criminals.
Arguably one of the most exciting aspects of having lighting control in the home is having the ability to choose, personalise or create your own ‘scenes’. These scenes control some or all of the lighting circuits in the home and create lighting environments to suit every mood at the touch of the button. The scenes also mix in audio, video, HVAC, and other systems to further enhance the one-touch experience. One example of these scenes by Crestron is ‘wake’ which raises automated shades, turns on lights and adjusts the temperature to your preferred setting. In comparison, the ‘showtime’ scene closes the shades, dims the lights and starts the media system ready for you to enjoy a film.
8. Don’t compromise on interior design:
Smart home lighting also means an aesthetically beautiful home – after all, the conventional light switch is so 1995. Modern lighting keypads come in a broad array of styles and finishes to suit any need and environment, from discreet keypad options to dazzling touchscreen displays. The engraved keypads can perform many functions with easy-to-use labeled buttons, replacing various unsightly switches with a single compact solution.
9. Choose between wired or wireless designs, or both:
Whether you are integrating smart lighting into your home prior or post building or renovating, there are options available to suit you that are seamless and elegant. Certain providers such as Crestron will offer a ‘mix and match’ option, so you can incorporate wired and wireless devices. These control solutions are able to integrate with other systems, enabling different configurations and flexibility. A centralised lighting system, for instance, allows you to integrate wireless dimmers without rewiring or remodelling, which can then be hidden out of sight and controlled with keypads or touch screens in place of banks of switches. From here you can control and automate LEDs, track lighting, incandescent lighting, floor and table lamps, sconces, spotlights and also outdoor lights.
10. Increase the property value of your home:
While when we are building, designing and enhancing our home we aren’t thinking of selling it, the fact is recent reports are showing that more and more buyers are looking for smart home tech to be included in their home purchase. This indicates that as we head into 2019 and beyond, having smart lighting hardware and software integrated into our home will significantly increase its value.
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Finally there is a company who takes lighting design seriously. At Real IT we understand that the difference between a good lighting design and a great one is a process of customer education, collaboration, and detailed design documentation. Through our e-books, in-session chats and guidance documentation we ensure all our customers know exactly what’s possible so they can turn their dream smart home into a reality. What’s more, our certified designers are active InfoComm and CEDIA members and use universally accepted symbols and design practices so collaborating with your lighting designer is a breeze.
We also understand the importance of choosing the right system and provider. This is why we choose Crestron. With high quality lighting products, a seamless software system that is constantly being upgraded, and a holistic approach to lighting and smart home automation, Crestron is a top choice for homeowners.